2 out of 4 stars
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Raven’s Peak is an interesting take by author Lincoln Cole on a supernatural thriller. This particular tale is the first book of Cole’s World on Fire series. The plot centers around demon huntress Abigail Dressler and her newly-acquired, accidental partner Haatim.
Our story opens with a flashback to Abigail’s original mentor and trainer: legendary demon hunter Arthur, also known as The Reverend. The flashback helps set the tone and plot trajectory for the story, and provides a bit of background for our main character, Abigail. Arthur’s story leads us into the chain of current events facing Abigail, in which she must hunt down a particularly nasty demon who has battled Arthur in the past. Along the way, Haatim becomes involved, and turns out to be relevant to demonic happenings in ways that he was previously unaware of himself.
I chose to apply a 2 out of 4 stars rating to Raven’s Peak. This book is what I would call an “almost” book. It had the hints of creativity, plot movement, and character development that would demand a higher rating, yet every aspect of the story for me just seemed not-quite-there. Bearing in mind that this is the first book of a series, it could be expected that certain qualities of the story would be left for further development in later books, but that wasn’t the overall impression I got from the shortcomings of plot, dialogue, and character. They just felt stunted to me.
The basis of the story and the basics of the characters provided a very promising palette of creativity for the story to unfold, but it didn’t seem to reach its potential. There were numerous instances of dialogue feeling very cliché and off-the-mark for me, which also affects the reader’s perception of the characters, in my opinion. A story can have an intriguing premise for a character, but if that character’s lines and actions are predictable, it can quickly rob them of mystique and the reader of interest in the development of said character, and that happened here. I would have really liked to have seen some of the action and fight scenes fleshed out a bit more as well.
As previously stated, Raven’s Peak definitely has potential, and the premises and characters were interesting at first glance and quite promising; however, there were myriad grammar and spelling mistakes, (enough to actually be distracting and give pause in certain spots) which, combined with the lackluster development and dialogue, kept my rating from being three out of four stars.
Overall, the story was interesting and it was an easy read, so fans of light supernatural thrillers (especially of the demonic variety) will likely find it worth the read; more so if the grammar and spelling were tidied up. Readers looking for an involved, well-developed, supernatural tale? You may want to pass.
All in all, Raven’s Peak seemed to me a good story, somewhat poorly told.
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